for the u.s. and beyond. the deadline for a decision is next tuesday. politicians have just a few days left to make up their minds. daniel griffith, bbc news. >> not surprisingly, the markets finally putting that little bit of pressure on the u.s. lawmakers to make the deal. >> up till now, the markets have been complacent almost as if they're stupid, oh, they'll come to a deal. but now, because the deadline is ticking, they're thinking, just in case, we'll limit our risk exposure. so if you have a look at the markets, you can see all the markets we've got here, the dow finished down 1.6%. look at the ftse, again down, 21 points, but still down. that's a run of days where it's down. the nikkei also down. again, they're changing their attitude, moving away from risk, going to the safe haven assets, the swiss franc, the gold. we see the gold price go up.